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Benchoona Mountain Binn Chuanna A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Chuanna [OSI], possibly 'peak of Cuanna') Galway County, in Arderin List, Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone Bedrock

Height: 581m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76253 61704
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Longitude: -9.870483, Latitude: 53.591007 , Easting: 76253, Northing: 261704 Prominence: 36m,  Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 476171 761753,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnchn, 10 char: Benchoona
Bedrock type: Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone, (Lettergesh Formation)

Cuanna is probably a personal name. A townland nearby is named Tooreenacoona (Tuairín Uí Chuanna, 'O'Cooney's green') [TR]. Around noon, I reached the summit: a rough broken tableland of flat rocks, perhaps a quarter of an acre in area, and planed smooth by the old ice. There was a single small cairn, and on its top sat a horned sheep's skull. I picked up the skull, and as I did so water streamed from its ragged nose-holes in sudden liquid tusks, and ran on to my hand and up my sleeve. I put it back on the cairn top, having turned it so that it faced eastward and inland, looking over miles of empty land glinting with lakes, on which thousands of wild geese over-wintered each year. The sun came out, breaking fitfully through the clouds and warming my hands and face. Seawards, I looked across the intricate tasselwork of inlet and peninsula. Close at hand, sheets of mica scattered the sunshine, so that even the dry rocks shone in the light (Robert MacFarlane, The Wild Places, Granta, 2007). Walks: for a route from the NE, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 40-41.   Benchoona is the 317th highest place in Ireland. Benchoona is the second most northerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benchoona in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
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Summit Plateau of broken Rock
Short Summary created by Onzy  10 Jun 2014
Benchoona is situated in the less-visited northern half of the Twelve Bens, separated from the more prominent hills by the N59. A flat topped peak, described by Robert McFarlane as a ‘rough broken tableland of flat rocks’, it provides great walking and stunning views. To maximise the views, head a small bit down the western spur from the summit, to where there are twin cairns.

There are a number of obvious routes; firstly the most direct route begins from the northern end of Lough Fee (L780 621 A), and ascends the eastern spur. This is a challenging route and perhaps left for a dry day with good visibility. It is also better for ascent than descent.

An easier route is from parking on the road at the southern end of Lough Fee (L804 596 B) and heading north along a farm track skirting the western side of the lake. Just before the only inhabited house, head west, over Garruan and onto Benchoona. By then heading south contouring around Garraun, you can reach Garraun South Top, and from there down the spur, either to the road, or to meet your track coming up.

Benchoona can also be reached from Lettergesh to the northwest, beginning at L74958 63413 C as well as being easily combined with routes taking in Doughruagh, about 4k to the southwest. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/5070/
 
I visited Benchoona on a route from Doughruagh an .. by simon3   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
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Benchoona’s western-most summit, shown here, is s .. by simon3   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
I parked at northern end of Lough Fee ,at start o .. by gerrym   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
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